Schwarzer: Tiredness is no excuse

FULHAM goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has warned his team-mates that fatigue will not be an acceptable excuse if their winless run continues.

The Cottagers host Liverpool tonight in the Premier League, seeking their first victory in five matches and their first domestic triumph since October.

Thursday’s Europa League defeat at FC Twente was their 27th match of an already gruelling campaign that began in June, but veteran Schwarzer is in no mood for self-pity.

“When people ask me about the national team and the amount of travelling and the number of games that we play, for me it’s all about a mental approach and a mindset,” said the 39-year-old.

“You’ve got a long time to recuperate after you’ve finished playing. When you talk about the demands of the English Premier League, yes they are tough. But you’re playing in one of the best leagues in the world and do you expect any different?”

Fulham are likely to be without Damien Duff, after the Irishman was injured in Holland last week, while Liverpool will have to field a replacement for midfielder Lucas Leiva, who is out for the season.